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Published March 18, 2024

The Ultimate Boston Spring Bucket List

Swan boats, food, trucks, and baseball are back—Spring has arrived in Boston. 🌷⛅

by Boston Bucket List


We made it through another New England winter, everyone, and while spring may be a short season in Boston, its arrival is still cause for celebration. It's time to say goodbye to the winter blues and welcome warmer temperatures, sunnier days, and the return of the Red Sox to Fenway Park!

From picnicking in the Public Gardens to Celebrating Patriots' Day, we rounded up all the best things to do in Boston this spring!

12 Things to Add to Your Boston Bucket List This Spring

Have a Picnic at the Boston Public Garden

After a long winter inside, the first warm day in Boston warrants a visit to the Public Garden. Pack up a picnic basket with a couple of sandwiches and some bubbly and head to the Boston Public Garden for people-watching and al fresco dining. Find a cozy spot amidst the lush greenery and vibrant blooms, and savor delicious treats while soaking in the beauty of America's first botanical garden.

Where: 4 Charles Street, Boston, MA
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Paddle a Swan Boat at Back Bay

While you're at the Public Garden, you might as well get out on the water. Soak up the sunshine with a tranquil ride on the iconic Swan Boats. Did you know they've been a part of Boston's history since 1877? Opening day is April 13 and it costs less than $5 to ride!

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Watch the Red Sox Home Opener

Spring signals the start of many things: longer days, warmer weather, and new beginnings. But for sports fans, it means just one thing: the start of baseball season. Get out and support the Red Sox on April 9 at iconic Fenway Park for their home opener against the Orioles—preferably with a Jumbo Fenway Frank in hand.

Where: FenwayPark: 4 Jersey St, Boston, MA
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Walk or Run Along the Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge

It's time to give the treadmill a break and take your cardio outdoors again. The Frances Appleton Pedestrian Bridge connects Beacon Hill to the Esplanade and offers beautiful views of the Longfellow Bridge, the Esplanade, and the Charles River. It's the perfect way to get some steps in while enjoying the return of above-freezing temperatures.

Where: 20 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA
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Attend Lilac Sunday at Arnold Arboretum

The Arnold Arboretum is a 281-acre living museum that showcases thousands of plant species from around the world. Make sure to swing by on May 12 (Mother's Day) for Lilac Sunday to see the springtime bloom of over 400 lilacs. Wander along winding paths, admire thousands of lilac blossoms, and pack a picnic—it's the only day of the year the grounds allow picnics!

Where: Bussey Hill Road, Arnold Arboretum
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Grab a Bite at The Greenway Food Truck Festival

From public art to splashy fountains, Boston's Greenway is the place to be when the weather warms up. Don't miss the Food Truck Festival on May 4, with everything from dumplings to Danish hotdogs, chicken tikka masala to po’ boys, and bubble tea to ice cream! It's also the opening day of the Greenway Artisan Market, so you can eat and shop local from 11 am to 4 pm!

Where: High Street and Atlantic Avenue
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Kayak on The Charles River

Rent a kayak and explore the Charles River Basin and Frederick Law Olmstead esplanade lagoon system while enjoying breathtaking views of historic Back Bay, Beacon Hill, MIT, and the Zakim and Longfellow bridges. Rentals are available starting April 1, and you can choose from single or tandem kayaks or stand-up paddle boards.

Where: 21 David G Mugar Way, Boston, MA
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Take in the Sights at View Boston

Rooftop season is officially back! View Boston is a 360° taste of the city, offering breathtaking views atop one of the tallest buildings in New England. A perfect activity for a sunny spring day, you'll ascend to the top of the Prudential Tower’s 52nd floor for incredible indoor panoramic views of the city. Get an even better look at the spectacular city skyline from The Lookout elevated viewing platforms and use the Virtual Viewers to learn more about the City’s many landmarks and attractions.

Where: View Boston at Prudential Center: 800 Boylston Street Boston, MA
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See the Hanging Nasturtium Vines at The Gardner

Spend an afternoon exploring the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, home to hundreds of pieces of European, Asian, and American art. This time of year, though, the courtyard is stunning, featuring cascades of flowering nasturtium vines as they make their brief but dramatic appearance, celebrating the arrival of spring at the Museum. The bloom starts the week before Easter and only lasts about three weeks!

P.S. If you can't make it in time to see the vines, the courtyard will feature spring blooms all season long, including bright azaleas, blue cineraria, ivory and cream daffodils, orchids, and more.

Where: 25 Evans Way, Boston, MA
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Celebrate Patriots' Day & Marathon Monday

No Boston spring bucket list is complete without mention of Patriots' Day. Held the third Monday of April, Patriots Day commemorates the battles of Lexington and Concord with parades, reenactments, festivities, and the Boston Marathon—the world's oldest annual marathon—on April 15! You can also walk The Freedom Trail, visit Paul Revere's house, and listen for "the shot that was heard around the world." 

Where: Various locations
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Attend the Boston International Film Festival

Experience the magic of storytelling on the big screen at the Boston International Film Festival! This year's event will run from April 11 through April 16 and will screen over 100 films at three major venues in downtown Boston. Catch the newest up-and-coming feature-length documentaries, short films, and more from local, national, and international filmmakers. You can also attend panels, chat with cast and crew, and attend workshops!

Where: Various locations throughout downtown Boston
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Experience Boston's Food Scene at Dine Out Boston

Dine Out Boston is back from March 10 through March 23! The biannual culinary celebration showcases the city's diverse dining scene, with top restaurants showcasing their finest flavors and creations at special prix fixe prices. From cozy neighborhood bistros to elegant fine dining establishments, you can try classic New England seafood to international flavors.

Where: Various locations. See a list of participating restaurants here.
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